A look at fundraising in Hennepin County contests one week before Election Day


This weekend was the last deadline for Hennepin County candidates to raise campaign funds before the election. It is the last glimpse into the spending and raising of candidates prior to the vote.

A quick overview of the latest reports that cover late July and late October.

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Hennepin County attorney

Former Fourth Judicial District judge, county prosecutor Martha Holton dimick has outraised Mary Moriarty , so far in this election cycle. Moriarty won with 36% votes in a field of seven candidates in August’s primary, against Dimick’s 16%. Ryan Winkler, a former Rep., came in third with 16% of votes and was eliminated from the general election.

Hennepin County attorney filings
Notice: The total amount raised refers to the cash raised in both pre-primary as pre-general election reports.
Source: Hennepin County

Among Dimick’s donors during this period is:

  • Frequently DFL donors Jay Cowles and Sylvia Kaplan; Vance Opperman; Pohlad family members
  • Bob, Justine Haselow are frequent both-sides donors
  • Frequent Republican donor Rob Hubbard
  • Current and former elected officials are: Mike Freeman, Hennepin County attorney, Michael Rainville, Minneapolis City Council Member, former U.S. Senator Rudy Boschwitz is a former Minnesota state senator Ember Reichgott. Former Minneapolis City Council members Diane Hofstede, Steve Minn and Joan Growe were also former Minnesota Secretary-of-State.
  • Other individuals include Zygi Wif, Vikings owner, Minneapolis Downtown Council President, CEO Steve Cramer and former University of Minnesota President Bob Bruininks. Former gubernatorial candidate Tom Horner and Peter Hutchinson. Kelly Doran, developer, and former state DFL Executive director Corey Day.
  • Organizational donors include Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association PAC and Hennepin County Sheriff’s Deputies Association. The Minnesota Fire Fighters Association of Minneapolis Political Fund and the National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 9. North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters. Minneapolis Downtown Council PAC and Minneapolis Building and Construction Trades Council.

Winkler was paid $2,316 by Dimick for his campaign to rent an email list.

Among Moriarty’s donors during this period is:

  • Current and potential elected officials Elliott Payne, Minneapolis City Council member and Minneapolis Board of Estimate and Taxation Member Steve Brandt and Aleta Borrud, Rochester Minnesota Senate candidate

  • Attorney Al Goins
  • Activists JaNaeBates (ISAIAH), Michelle Gross, Communities United Against Police Brutality), Erica Mauter and Erica Mauter (MoveOn), Javier Morillo (former President of SEIU Local 26), Carin Mrotz(former executive director at Jewish Community Action)

Moriarty’s investigation shows that her campaign paid Myon Bulrrell for consulting. Burrell was sentenced to life for murder, but her sentence was reduced by American Public Media and The Associated Press. Burrell’s case was being prosecuted by Hennepin County Attorney’s Office, when Senator Amy Klobuchar took over.

Hennepin County Sheriff

Major Dawanna Witt, Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, won the most votes from a field of three. She now faces Joseph Banks (a nonprofit founder and former chief of the Upper Sioux and Morton Police Departments in south Minnesota) in the general election. Witt is also the leader in fundraising, by a long shot.

Hennepin County sheriff filings
Notice: The total amount raised refers to the cash raised in both pre-primary as pre-general election reports.
Source: Hennepin County

Among Witt’s donors during this period were:

  • Former and current elected officials City Councilmember Michael Rainville, former Minneapolis mayor Sharon Sayles Belton

  • Minneapolis Downtown Council President & CEO Steve Cramer
  • Organizational Donors Include Hennepin County Sheriff’s Deputy Association and Minneapolis Downtown Council. Campaign Fund of Senate District 43 DFL PA. Carpenters Local #322

Banks has self-funded most of his campaign during this fundraising period. He also donated the majority of the money he raised in that period according to his filing.

For more context, here’s a link about the preprimary filing deadline

Editor’s Note: MinnPost has ties to several of the people mentioned in this article. MinnPost board members are Tom Horner, Peter Hutchinson and Diane Hofstede. Jay Cowles and Kelly Doran are major donors. MinnPost’s news decisions are made without the involvement of donors or board members.

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